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June 22, 2018

Some things you probably didn't know

The dirt on dairy!

Some things you probably didn't know

Undeniably fun dairy facts to impress your friends!

Long before she was the United Kingdom's Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher's work in chemistry help perfect soft-serve ice cream.

On average, Americans consume about two servings of dairy a day. Adding just one more serving would help fill the average American's nutrient gap.

Your local grocery store has milk on its shelves within 48 hours of leaving the farm!

Researchers have found that many cows tend to produce more milk when classical music is played.

At any given time, 87% of Ameicans have ice cream in their freezer.

Dairy cows contribute to a sustainable food system. For example, cow manure can serve as fertilizer, or can be converted into electricity. In addition, cows can eat and use food that people can't.

World War II American fighter attached pairs of 5-gallon cans of milk and cream to their planes. The cans were fitted with a small propeller that spun the mixture as the planes flew, and the higher altitudes froze it. By the time they landed, the ice cream was ready!

All 50 states have dairy farms.

Milk helps ease the burn from spicy foods. Capsaicin, the oily chemical compound in chili peppers, is fat-soluble, so rinsing with milk fat helps ease the burn.

Dairy's contriubtion to total U.S. greenhouse gas emissions is just 2 percent. The carbon footprint of a gallon of milk has been reduced by nearly two-thirds in the last 60 years. Dairy farmers are working on ways to reduce that figure even more.

The average dairy cows produces anywhere from 6 to 8 gallons of milk per day, or about 125 glasses.

It takes 21 pounds of milk to make one pound of butter.

Fat-free and whole milk have the same nutrients: calcium, potassium, phosphorous, protein, vitamin A, vitamin D, vitamin B12, riboflavin and niacin.

Neopolitan ice cream wasn't always strawberry, chocolate and vanilla that we all know today. Originally, it was vanilla, cherry and pistachio, in honor of the Italian flag.

Italian noblewoman Catherin de Medici introduced ice cream to the people of France in 1553.

Research shows that eating cheese right after a meal or as a snack help reduce tooth decay. If you're willing to give it a try, reach for Cheddar, Swiss, Monterey Jack, blue, Brie, Gouda or processed American cheese.

Chocolate ice cream was invented about 50 years before vanilla, and was inspired by hot chocolate.

The average American eats about 23 pounds of cheese each year, which comes out to about 1 ounce per day.